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New issue of Woolf Studies Annual now out

The most recent volume of Woolf Studies Annual, No. 29 (2023), edited by Benjamin Hagen, president of the International Virginia Woolf Society, is now available.

To purchase the journal, follow this link and click “Add to Cart.” At checkout, enter the discount code WSA2023 for 20% off. You do not have to create an account in order to make a purchase.

This issue features the research of Celia R. Caputi, Danielle N. Gilman, Lingxiang Ke, John Pedro Schwartz, and Kathryn Van Wert.

In addition to several new book reviews, Part 2 of the WSA Index, and an updated guide to scholarly collections, the volume also includes a forum on Mark Hussey’s 2021 biography of Clive Bell.

Contributors to the forum include Elizabeth Berkowitz, Claire Davison, Diane Gillespie, Maggie Humm, Christopher Reed, and Mark Hussey (in response).

Woolf Studies Annual is a refereed journal publishing substantial new scholarship on the work of Woolf and her milieu. Each volume includes several articles, reviews of new books, and an up-to-date guide to library special collections of interest to researchers. The Annual also occasionally features edited transcriptions of previously unpublished manuscripts.

Shakespeare in Bloomsbury coming next month

Yale University Press will publish Marjorie Garber’s new book Shakespeare in Bloomsbury in September. It’s billed as “The untold story of Shakespeare’s profound influence on Virginia Woolf and the rest of the Bloomsbury Group.”

Garber is the William R. Kenan, Jr. Research Professor of English and Visual and Environmental Studies, emerita, at Harvard University.

She is the author of several books on Shakespeare, as well as of books on cultural topics ranging from dogs and real estate to bisexuality and cross-dressing. Her most recent book is Character: The History of a Cultural Obsession.

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Literature Cambridge has created a popular Virginia Woolf Podcast, a series designed to discover her impact on art, philosophy, and politics in the present day.

In each episode, Literature Cambridge interviews an artist, writer, or academic who has been influenced by Virginia Woolf.

Questions asked include:

  • Why is Woolf such an important figure to you?
  • How has Woolf affected your career?

So far, two podcasts are available online. In the first, “Woolf and Shakespeare: Varsha Panjwani,” Dr. Karina Jakubowicz talks with Dr. Varsha Panjwani about Woolf’s complicated relationship with William Shakespeare. The podcast attracted more than 800 listeners in the first few months alone.

In the second, “Caroline Zoob: Virginia Woolf’s Garden,” Jakubowicz talks with Caroline and Jonathon Zoob about the 10 years they spent looking after Monk’s House and restoring the garden in the spirit of the Woolfs.

Give them a listen.

Garden at Monk’s House, Lewes, Sussex

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I missed Mrs. Dalloway’s birthday two months ago. May 14 marked 88 years sincedalloway Woolf’s 1925 novel was published, a fact I noticed when I came across Anne Fernald’s essay, “Mrs. Dalloway at 88” on The Awl website.

Fernald’s essay was also republished on the website of London Fictions.

In her piece, Fernald gives eight compelling reasons why the book still matters today:

  1. Woolf makes us care about a fancy middle-aged lady throwing a party.
  2. The characters have great names that have interesting histories.
  3. It’s a great example of a novel set on a single day.
  4. Woolf deploys allusions to Shakespeare like a master.
  5. It continues to inspire other works of art.
  6. It’s full of London history.
  7. Even the random details are not random.
  8. We still need to remember to take care of veterans and we still don’t do enough.

Fernald, Woolf scholar and passionate feminist, is always worth following.

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Shakespeare’s Sister Company, which brings innovative theater to audiences and theater classes to youth — its young company is named the Bloomsbury Group — was named one of the GreatNonProfits this year. The company also produced Season One of the Woolf Series, a play reading series for emerging female writers.

Plans for next year include: 

  • Romeo and Juliet with an all-female cast, set in the roaring 1920s Chicago amid Italian and Irish  gang rivalries
  • Staged reading of featured new work
  • Woolf Series and Puppet Playdates
  • Inaugural Spring Gala in celebration of SSC’s five year anniversary

Formed in 2008, Shakespeare’s Sister Company is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to women in the theater. Its commitment is to produce plays by female authors, as well as William Shakespeare. Its mission is to address global change through the theater, including workshops with the community and educational advancement.

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